Leading global FAST and AVOD service announces new partnerships, extensive product update
Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today revealed a range of new titles, channels and product features coming to Samsung TV Plus, the leading TV maker’s ad-supported free TV (FAST) and video-on-demand (AVOD) service reaching 24 countries and 535 million devices globally via television and mobile devices.
Launched in 2015 as one of the first FAST services, Samsung TV Plus has surpassed more than 300 channels in the US and over 2,400 channels worldwide, covering news, sports, entertainment, music and more. The completely free streaming platform – available on Samsung Smart TVs, Galaxy devices, Smart Monitors, Family Hub fridges and on the web – has also revealed a skyrocketing user demand. Over the past 12 months, Samsung TV Plus has seen a more than 60% year-on-year increase in viewership globally.
Based on growing user demand, Samsung TV Plus is releasing product update 5.2 starting today, which will improve content discovery so users can watch what they want faster and with ease. As part of the new home screen and discovery features, users will have a special experience for kids to connect users to the “Best of Kids” programming on over 20 family channels, kids’ shows and movies on demand. The new destination will feature popular new content such as Blippi, Barney and Friends, Baby Einstein, Teletubbies, Caillou, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros 3 and Sonic the Hedgehog. Users can also enjoy family favorites such as PBS KIDS, Strawberry Shortcake, Slugterra, Moonbug, Ryan and Friends, LEGO™ Channel, Kidoodle.TV and more.
The update will also create a new dedicated music destination where fans can easily discover and enjoy songs and artists spanning over 200 playlists and 40+ partner channels Vevo, XITE and Stingray. On-demand playlists will cater to a wide range of musical tastes in a variety of formats, including: decade-based playlists such as ’90s country; genre-based playlists like hip-hop icons; and artist-centric playlists for top artists like Beyonce, Ariana Grande, The Weekend, The Rolling Stones and more.
“With phenomenal year-over-year growth and an ever-expanding premium lineup of family-friendly shows, music playlists, news, sports and more, Samsung TV Plus has a clear foothold in the FAST landscape,” said Salek Brodsky, SVP and GM, Samsung TV Plus. “We are excited to introduce our catalog of free premium content from the world’s best creators to our new user experience designed to enable seamless discovery of the hundreds of channels and thousands of on-demand movies and TV shows available on Samsung TV Plus.” “
In addition to new kids and music destinations, Samsung TV Plus continues to expand its offering of hit movies and premium content, which includes:
- Movie Hub Fan Favorite Expanded: Following the success of The Movie Hub, Samsung TV Plus has expanded and refreshed its movie channel offering by adding new channels, Movie Hub West, Movie Hub Action and Movie Hub Holidays. Movie Hub’s new channels will continue to deliver thousands of blockbusters live and on demand as Bridget Jones’s Diary, Collateral, Cruel Intentions, Book of Greed, The Hurt Locker, Titanic, Gladiator, The Imitation Game and more to come.
- The most comprehensive FAST news offer: Samsung TV Plus now offers one of the most comprehensive global, national and local news offerings, including the news you need to know from major news networks including ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX and NBC – as well as leading business news networks such as Bloomberg TV+, Sky News, Scripps News, Cheddar News, USA TODAY, and Yahoo Finance.
- The Holidays Are Here – A Seasonal Review: As winter approaches, Samsung TV Plus is the perfect destination for all your holiday entertainment. Spanning genres and channels, users will be able to enjoy titles like Christmas angel starring Tamera Mowry-Housley, Merry Christmas featuring Mario Lopez and other favorites from Hallmark movies and more and Lifetime favorite holiday movies. Samsung TV Plus will also feature seasonal music video playlists, perfect for decorating the halls, and the signature Samsung TV Plus Fireplace 4K channel with a display so crystal clear you’ll think it’s real.
- A variety of multicultural entertainment: Samsung TV Plus offers a fast-growing offering of multilingual and multicultural news and entertainment. The service recently launched 10 new first to FAST Spanish language channels from ViX, TelevisaUnivision’s global streaming service, as well as Ebony TV from Lionsgate channel featuring shows and movies like The great debaters starring Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker; An informer starring Dwayne Johnson; Dear white people starring Tessa Thompson; Tyler Perry I can do bad on my own; Are we there yet?; and Kevin Hart: What’s appropriate.
With unprecedented global reach, Samsung delivers a seamless cross-device viewing experience for consumers to enjoy at home and on the go.
The product update and new titles will initially be available for 2019-2023 Samsung Smart TV models, rolling out later this year to early 2024 for additional Galaxy Smart TV models and mobile devices.